'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

Feb 28, 2015

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto still gets asked about the time he knocked out an opponent in four seconds with a flying knee to the head. He managed that feat shortly after the opening bell for his fight against Kazuyuki Miyata, a former Olympic wrestler who ...

Iwase, Dragons may be in tough spot

| Feb 21, 2015

Iwase, Dragons may be in tough spot

Every athlete in every sport eventually declines with age. It’s just more noticeable in the greats. For the stars who have reached amazing heights, the fall from grace can be long and painful to watch — or as in the case of slugger Michihiro ...

Eagles need young duo to soar in '15

| Feb 14, 2015

Eagles need young duo to soar in '15

Earlier this year, 24-year-old Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Wataru Karashima said he’d retire if he failed to reach 10 wins this season. Karashima has pitched in NPB for five seasons, and was used out of the bullpen over the first two, making 14 ...

Horiguchi lands UFC flyweight title shot against Johnson

Feb 10, 2015

Horiguchi lands UFC flyweight title shot against Johnson

Several years ago, Kyoji Horiguchi went basically straight from high school to the gym, where he began training with the Krazy Bees MMA team, soon finding himself under the wing of Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, one of Japan’s biggest MMA stars. In a few weeks’ ...

Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition

Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Marlins glad to add Ichiro

Jan 29, 2015

Marlins glad to add Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki sipped green tea, elicited a few laughs and turned the tables on a media member with three questions of his own during his introductory news conference with the Miami Marlins. It was clear from the start that Ichiro can still own a ...